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This is the original track by Tobin Mueller shared with Steve Stone (tonestones) for the CollabBlab Challenge. Steve picked this out of a list of songs Tobin had wanted to developed further. Tobin asked if Steve could add acoustic/classical guitar and anything else he hears to help complete the work. Since it was intended as accompanying music for 2 singers (Merlyn the Elder and Merlyn the Youth), there is space left for melodic content. Tobin urged Steve to create his own. Also, the music was conceived as background to scene action, in which Merlyn rushes around his secret crystal cave sanctuary as guards prepared to enter and burn all his books and, perhaps, capture him. As he gathers his books, his younger self sings to him from distant memory, the youth who foresaw this very tragedy unfolding. Merlyn escapes, rushes away with too little saved, only what his arms can carry. Most of his life's work will be destroyed. The majestic ending is played as the shadow of his life dwarfs the destruction and flames behind him.

Of course, now that we are transforming this piece into an instrumental, there is no necessary storyline, only the music we want to fill it with. I'm excited to see what Steve adds...
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Uploaded: Jan 22, 2010 - 12:15:11 PM
Last Updated: Jan 21, 2010 - 11:17:08 AM Last Played: Jan 29, 2017 - 04:23:48 AM
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PaulaMunk said 2713 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
I read
a lot about King Arthur and Merlin. There were a series of books and one was called the crystal cave. Very fine production. It would serve a story well. I'll wait to hear what it becomes after Steve's additions. Thank you so much.
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TobinMueller said 2709 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
Crystal Cave
Yes, those books were my initial inspiration to begin researching Merlin/Arthur. I've read dozens now, from fiction works like Marion Zimmer Bradley's "The Mists of Avalon" series to archeological and speculative history's on druidism and shamanism in early Briton. Very fascinating speculation. I pulled from many sources, coming up with a Merlin that was part statesman, part prophet - at a time when the forces of Rome were trying to restructure the world. Merlin was at the crossroads of an old belief and a modern vision that would leapfrog Roman autocracy. It was very fun to work on. I've lost most of the music in various hard drive crashes. This is one of the few surviving tracks. Thanks for listening.
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TERRAPLANE said 2713 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Super Arrangement !
A real pleasure to become the music,,thank you very much Gentlemen.
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TobinMueller said 2709 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
"A real pleasure to become the music"
...what a great phrase. Thanks.
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Feter said 2713 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
Crystalline Cave
I listened to the first minute before reading the
description and I was like ( we have a new great
artist) now I know this is another super group
formed between us ...at 4:30 it shows this is a
singing duet in a very contemporary opera scene
the structure is a mind blowing but what can we
said its Tobin Mueller shared with Steve Stone
gem ..kudos ..and thank you Gentlemen for sharin such Art !!!!
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TobinMueller said 2709 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
Tobin Mueller and Steven Stone
Thanks. I am looking forward to the collaborations. It all started with us working on a jazz version of Long Distant Runaround for Jon Anderson (which isn't done yet, and which can't be posted here since it is a cover of the Yes song). I think we have 4 tracks in the queue. No hurry on getting them out, but it is great to have such a fine fellow to work with. We are on different coasts, but the Internet shortens all distance.
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CrazeeFlootGrrl said 2713 days ago (January 22nd, 2010)
very cool
has the sound of a full orchestra but with emphasis on the strings! love it!
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TobinMueller said 2709 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
Tchaikovsky
I was listening to Tchaikovsky's Serenade for Strings at the time, along with a bunch of Celtic world music. This was also influenced by Benjamin Britten's A Boy Was Born.

I am looking forward to Steve's additions.
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thetiler said 2713 days ago (January 23rd, 2010)
Enjoyed
this tune is deserving of more fans for sure. Lots of nice sounds

Nice stuff! Thanks for sharing !
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TobinMueller said 2708 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
Wait for the classical guitar
Once the nylon string guitar is in, you might like it even better. That's what I'm looking forward too!
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tonestones said 2708 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
Wonderful textures
The first time I heard this it really resonated with me. Very delicate passages with great dynamic twists and turns. I love it when instrumentals tell a story without words. I can't wait to dig myself out of the Chicago snow I find myself in today and head back to my studio in California.
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TobinMueller said 2708 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
abominable tonestones
My favorite part of this piece (pre-involvement by you) is the dancy part toward the end, @ 7:28. I am especially looking forward to the melodic content you come up with to lead up to that climax. Once of my favorite moments I've done, and it was totally a result of finding that cool sound on my Roland keyboard (that section was played in, didn't use MIDI on that sound). The warmth of your classical guitar, the strings and other washes are waiting...!
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Socorro said 2708 days ago (January 27th, 2010)
This is cool!
I'd like to hear where this one goes. Thanks for sharing.

Cheers,
Jim of Socorro
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month_of_sundays said 2694 days ago (February 10th, 2010)
Love the story line - is this an actual film
project or theatrical piece? Excellent arrangement as a starting point for the collab process.
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